Just now I saw a film saying how the above season would be great for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The film based this optimism on two games in 1967. I talked about the Pittsburgh bookend season of 1967″ in a previous article.
Game 1 at Pitt Stadium. The Steelers defeated the Chicago Bears 41 to 13.
Game 14 at Lambeau Field. The Steelers defeated the Green Bay Packers 24 to 17.
The Steelers finished a drab 2-11-1 in 1968. Two of the best season performances in NFL stood with a mediocre team. Roy Jefferson caught 58 passes for a league leading 1,074 yards. Rushing. Dick Hoak finished fourth in the NFL with 858 yards and a 4.9 average. For tops, Hoak had the longest run in the NFL, a 77 yard effort for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints.
Week 7 brought the Steelers into Atlanta. Both clubs had 1-7 records. Steeler quarterback Dick Shiner and Roy Jefferson put on a clinic. Shiner completed 15 of 19 places for 207 yards and three touchdowns to Roy Jefferson. With a 34 to 0 lead, Coach Bill Austin pulled Shiner for Kent Nix. Nix completed 7 of 12 passes for 101 yards and a
touchdown for Jefferson. RJs numbers for this game were 11 receptions for 109 yards and the four touchdowns.
On defense Pittsburgh sacked Atlanta quarterback Bob Berry four times for 21 yards. Forced to play in a come from behind mode, Bob Berry passed for 282 yards and for three touchdowns but threw four interceptions. Final Steelers 41 Falcons 21.